Parent Bulletin 24
Friday 9 December
Report from School Council November Meeting
Professional Learning Program for 2023.
We are continuing to partner with Corwin – Visible Learning. Corwin is the sole provider of Visible Learning globally and currently partners with 1400+ schools across Australia translating Professor John Hattie’s research into practice.
Visible Learning will assist the College to further embed our agreed Teaching and Learning Framework.
Student Free Days – 2023
Monday 8 May – Visible Learning professional learning
Friday 16 June – assessment and reporting
Thursday 26 October – Visible Learning professional learning
Annual Implementation Plan – 2023
To work on the goals outlined in the school’s strategic plan, an annual implementation plan has been developed for 2023.
Goal 1 – 2023 Priorities Goal is a Department of Education and Training requirement and has two Key Improvement Strategies (KIS).
Year 10 Introduction to Specialist Maths Final Assignment
Throughout the course of the semester the year 10 introduction to specialist maths students have been working hard learning about trigonometry and calculus. They have investigated sine and cosine graphs in detail and learned how to differentiate a variety of functions to find rates of change then applied this knowledge to being able to find gradients.
The final assessment task was to design a section of roller coaster comprising of three different functions. This is a challenging task as they had to use calculus to ensure that the three sections had equivalent gradients where they joined. Students then had to collaborate with the rest of the class to ensure their section of roller coaster joined nicely with the previous and following sections to create an entire class roller coaster.
As shown in the pictures below the students were able to use some advanced mathematics to do a fantastic job in designing their roller coaster.
With some minor additions they were able to ensure the marble made it through the track consistently.
Creative Arts and Design Day
On Sunday, December 4th the college’s creativity was on full display at our “Creative Arts and Design Day” . It was a two fabulous hours of music and drama students performing, media films playing and Visual Arts, Visual Communication and Product Design work on display.
Well done to the students who participated and thank you to all those who came along.
Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Technology Faculties
What’s trending in the library in 2022
(Ideas for Christmas gifts for your teens)
Here are some of the popular books of 2022. The impact of social media is evidenced by the books that are trending on “Booktok” and word of mouth, with student recommendations making a big comeback. The popular genres are thrillers, speculative fiction (including Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy) and Romance. The short biographies of sports stars have also been very popular.
“It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover
Lily, Ryle and Atlas. Which romance will last the distance?
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
An aging Hollywood movie icon tells her story to a junior reporter.
“You’ve Reached Sam” by Dustin Thao
When Sam dies Julie calls his phone to hear his voice but connects with her dead love instead.
“Heartstopper” by Alice Oseman
Very popular boy meets boy romance which examines friendship, loyalty and mental health issues.
“I Think I Love You” by Auriane Desonmbre
Emma and her arch enemy Sophia find they have more in common than they thought.
“This Woven Kingdom” by Tahereh Mafi
Alizeh may look like a lowly servant girl but she may be the heir to the kingdom.
“They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera
Mateo and Rufus are told they are going to die today so together they have one last unforgettable adventure.
“Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J Maas
Feyre has to break an ancient curse to save her captor.
“Before the Coffee Gets Cold” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
What would you change if you could go back in time? This Tokyo coffee shop can help with that.
“The Gilded Ones” by Namina Forna
Although Deka’s blood is gold that is a bad thing for her future.
“Kingdom of the wicked” by Keri Maniscalco
Twins Emilia and Vittoria are secret witches but tragedy strikes when someone finds out.
“One of us is Lying” by Karen McManus
5 students go in to detention but only 4 come out.
“These Violent Delights” by Chloe Gong
A blood feud between two gangs leaves the city in chaos
“We Were Liars” by e. lockhart
Cady has a head injury and now suffers memory loss. Was she involved in a murder?
“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
Wild and barefoot “Marsh Girl” is accused of killing Chase Andrews.
“The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson
Everybody knows Sal killed Andie, but when Pippa starts to investigate she is not so sure.
“The Inheritance Games” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Avery inherits a fortune and doesn’t know why – and neither do the family that missed out.
“The Trial” by Laura Bates
Seven castaways try to survive on a desert island after a plane crash. But one of them is intent on murder.
Older but still popular
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
Ever popular dystopian survival story
“Stolen” by Lucy Christopher
Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok Airport and taken to the Australian outback.
“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusack
Leisel meets death and begins a love affair with books at her brothers graveside.
“The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jennifer Han
Isabel has been in love with Conrad for ever but this summer he starts to notice her.
“All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Alire Benjamin Saenz
Ari is an angry loner but when he meets Dante he starts to examine his life.
“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
The classic is making a comeback thanks to Booktok.
“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
Hazel’s terminal cancer is a bit easier when she meets Augustus.
“Eragon” by Christopher Paolini
One boy, one dragon and a world of adventure.
Year 8 Pop Art
Year 8 Pop Art
The Year 8s are finishing their Pop Art inspired papier-mache packets, which they have worked on since the start of term 4.
Each student was asked to research popular food packaging that they could adapt to make into a unique sculpture. The students did an amazing job learning about the papier-mache technique and then finished their packages with acrylic paint and paint pens. The packages are bright and colourful with a fun twist .
Well done everyone, great work!
Happy (second last, but kind of officially last) Friday for the year Burnet.
While very shortly we will all get our chance to put our feet up and school books down, our Year 10 students got a bit of a head start. They Yr 10 Graduation at Moonee Valley last Thursday night was a wonderful way for us as a team to celebrate with our parent community and reflect on a massive four years. It was a real pleasure to be able to recognise their successes and wish them all the best as they move into the senior school or on to their next educational pursuit. It’s always an emotional goodbye to farewell our Yr 10 students, but they’re in great hands with their senior Burnet coordinator Ben Hirons, and Yr 11 team leader Andrew Beavis eager to welcome them to the senior school.
On the subject of final events, this afternoon the rest of the Burnet junior cohort gathered to celebrate the year that was. It was a nice way to farewell our students before the holiday break and acknowledge the many successes and celebrations of our first full face-to-face (say that three times fast) year since 2019. We recognised our LOTE stars, Maths Competition participants, poetry VIPs and of course our official award winners. Well done to all Burnet students on a great year, and congratulations to our official award winners.
Official Award Winners
Our final peer support session of the year was capped off with a fish and chip lunch provided by the Burnet team. The peer support program continues to be an important part of building a team community and this year’s program was a great success. The Yr 9s ran an excellent program and our Yr 7s appreciated the mentorship provided. Our 2023 peer support team will get their first opportunity at putting their spin on the program when they welcome the visiting Yr 6 students to the college at the Orientation Day next Tuesday.
We in the Burnet team would like to publicly farewell Delanie Molloy who has been our primary wellbeing support person for the year. The work that Delanie does with our students and families cannot accurately be described in words alone, but we know how grateful those families are for her tireless work, support and advice and so are we. We’ll miss you Delanie, thank you so much for all you have done for the Burnet team.
Finally, a massive thank you to our Burnet community. It’s been a big year. Our students have persevered through some really long terms and have earned this summer break. We hope the sun finally comes out for you all and you get to spend some quality time together with those that mean the most to you. Before you know it we’ll be back onsite but for now, reflect on the successes of the year, take some time to unwind and enjoy the clarity of mind a nice long break can bring.
Until next year, be safe and look after one another.
The Burnet Team
Dates for the Commencement of School in 2023
Year 7 students and new enrolments will commence on Monday 30th January for a part-day induction program.
Year 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 students will commence on Tuesday 31st January.
Fireworks Student Exhibition at Incinerator Gallery
Art and design works by students from Strathmore Secondary College have been selected for display in the annual student exhibition Fireworks at Incinerator Gallery.
Fireworks 2022 is a presentation of art and design works by young creative people in Years 11 or 12 (in 2022) who live, work or study in Moonee Valley.
Successful students are:
Carissa Chirico, for “Flourish” 2022
Elena Pogia. For “Self Portrait #12” 2022
Congratulations to each of them.
Please join us at the Incinerator Gallery to celebrate the Opening of Fireworks on Friday, 9 December this year at 6pm. We encourage you - parents, students, friends and colleagues - to visit and view the works to support these students’ efforts.
The exhibition continues until 22 January.
Moonee Valley City Council is very proud of its local young creatives and the Incinerator Gallery is pleased to facilitate the public display of their work.
Young Australian Art Awards
We are pleased to announce that Micaela Xerri’s artwork entitled Still Life Classica has been selected as a winner in the 2022 Young Australian Art Award. This is a prestigious award as entries came from over 30,000 students nationally.
Micaela and her family attended the awards dinner to accept her award held in Melbourne on Saturday 26 November.
We congratulate Micaela on this outstanding achievement.
Year 7 & 8 Sports Awards
This week we held our sports awards for Year 7 & 8 students. The entire cohort was in the gym to celebrate the many students who received awards.
The ‘Player of the year’ award recipients were:
Athletics Aiden Davis and Hollie Capuano
Basketball Lugh Kavanagh, Cooper Mucci, Holly Clough and Hollie Lawson
Cricket Mathew Di Qual, Archie Pearce, Maya Welsford and Holly Clough
Netball Harper Fergie and Anna Dona Doni
Soccer Isabella Giordano, Maisey Gasper, Kai Satilmis and Adam Bubic
AFL Ayda Osman, Holly Clough, Koby Bewick and Ben Dunn
Hockey Nina Lorier, Alexander Dukic and William Lowe
Swimming Hamish Keenan and Abby Salmon
Cross Country Zac Mozjerin and Hollie Capuano
Major award winners for demonstrating the school value of excellence – ‘The Rising Star award’
Koby Bewick (AFL) and Holly Clough (cricket)
Major award winners for demonstrating the school values of perseverance, respect, integrity and diversity – ‘The Contribution to school sport award’
Maisey Gasper and Zac Mozjerin
Many students also received awards for reaching a State Championship level event in interschool sport. These students were:
Aiden Davis (athletics)
Maira Arora, Hollie Capuano, Holly Clough, Daniela Curtis, Angelina Fazio, Isabella Giordano, Audrey Marnell, Alexandra Roberts (cricket)
Hamish Keena (swimming – State champion)
Hollie Capuano, Emily Reddick, Zac Mozjerin, Aiden Davis, Luke O’Regan, Mia Monaghan, Stephanie Ripplinger (cross country)
The HPE faculty wishes to congratulate all of these students, and also the many students who made all inter school sport teams and attended selection trials and training sessions throughout the year. The commitment and enthusiasm of our students has contributed greatly to the sporting success we have achieved this year at Strathmore Secondary College.
Year 9 Rubicon Leadership Camp 2022
From the 14th to the 18th of November, year 9 students attended the Rubicon camps at Thornton or Nayook for 5 days. During this time, we completed a number of activities including; mountain biking, white water rafting, high ropes, rock climbing, caving and hiking in the snow!
The aim of this camp was not only to challenge ourselves but also to help develop our leadership skills. Over the week, students had the opportunity to be leaders of the group for the day, making decisions, assigning roles to other students and some of us even got to captain the white-water rafts. Another leadership role was providing a safety briefing before activities and ensuring each student knew what they had to do.
Something that all the Thornton campers enjoyed was getting to experience snow at Lake Mountain in November! It was enjoyable as some students had never seen snow before and as a group, we made a snowman that was 6ft tall. There were also plenty of team building activities to complete during the evenings as well as having the opportunity to meet and talk to other students we wouldn’t normally get to talk to.
Overall, camp was a really fun learning experience that’s given us memories that we will treasure forever.
Julia Soldi & Olivia Speechley
Big Summer Read
Year 8 STEAM
Last week our Year 8 STEAM students travelled to Coburg Lake Reserve as part of their major project for the semester, constructing a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV). Throughout the subject, students have been researching the impact of climate change by exploring how ROV's can be utilised to investigate the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems.
In groups of 3, students constructed their own ROV's during the semester and got the opportunity to test how well they had built their vehicles down at Coburg Lake! On the day, students had two activities to complete, testing their ROV's, and conducting water quality testing across various locations. Some running repairs were required on the day for most ROV's, however each group got the opportunity to launch their projects and see how well their vehicles could move through the water. There were varying levels of success, but most of the ROV's had all propellors working and were able to be controlled through the water to some degree! The groups then analysed the areas where they saw success, and areas where they could improve to better the experience for future STEAM projects.
A great day was had by all, completing the construction of the ROV’S was already an awesome achievement, but being able to see them in action was a big milestone! The opportunity for the students to see some success for their hard work was a very rewarding and satisfying end to the year!
Year 8 Food Technology
Year 8 Food Technology students have been learning about how different cultures have influenced contemporary Australian cuisine.
The students were tasked with designing and creating their own fusion pizza.
This week 8FTH and 8FTF showed their creativity and production skills to make a range of appealing pizzas suitable for the design brief. Here are some of their final products…
Celebrating the Arts in Semester 2
It has been a busy semester 2 with lots of brilliant, colourful and thrilling artworks being produced. Students have studied and applied a range of exciting new techniques and mediums with great success.
Congratulations to students across all years; your creativity and innovation never ceases to amaze us all! Keep up the hard work in the years to come!
A big thank you to all the staff in the Arts faculty for your hard work and commitment throughout the year. It is truly a pleasure working with such creative and passionate people!
I like to wish Kristy Krieger all the best in her new role in 2023; you will be missed by staff and students.
Finally, I would like to wish all our students and their families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Visual Arts Coordinator